Recent documentaries like Sweetgrass
almost mystically put the viewer in touch with the purity and rhythms of
nature. Equally transcendent is Michelangelo Frammartino's Le
Quattro Volte (2010). Contemplating an old man, a goat,
a tree, and some charcoal in the idyllic setting of Calabria, Italy, the film
pretty much sums up all there is to know about life and death.